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HIV outbreak in rural India highlights doctor shortage

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Indian police are searching for a fake doctor whose use of contaminated needles infected at least 21 villagers with HIV in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the AP reports.

Why it matters: Despite two decades of strong economic growth, India still struggles to provide basic medical care to its 1.3 billion citizens. It is estimated that 600 million Indians lack access to proper healthcare, leaving millions, especially in poor and rural areas, to seek cheap care from unqualified medics.